Our Brand Is Crisis

Posted on October 28, 2015


Our Brand Is Crisis –Political strategist Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock) aka Calamity Jane is brought in to boost a Bolivian presidential candidate’s campaign. Pedro Gallo (Joaquim de Almeida) of the shoe-polish black hair is down 28 points. And Jane has heaps of her own problems to deal with – depression, alcohol and cigarette overuse, a diet consisting of potato chips and other junk food. She doesn’t like to be touched either. It takes her a while to warm up to arrogant SOB Gallo. Then old rival Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), resembling James Carville and representing Gallo’s top opponent, shows up and she’s off to the races.

Several funny, funny scenes. A wild bus chase in the winding hills of Bolivia where Jane moons Candy. A drunken party where everyone ends in jail. Clever pranks by both Jane and Candy.
Both Bolivian candidates seemed to like wearing huge leis around their necks as if they had just won the Kentucky Derby.

Be aware though it’s not all fun and games. It shows there is no such thing as an honest politician but you probably knew that. While you’ll laugh a lot, it’s a comedy with a message. I think the message is stop accepting all the dirty politics and get out and do something. One of Jane’s many quotes “If voting made a difference, it would be illegal.” Don’t know who said that, but Mark Twain said “If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.” I’ve always been a fan of his.